Liquid’s Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera announced today his decision to retire from competitive play. IWD has spent the last year filling the jungle spot for Liquid, after moving to the organization along with the rest of the former Team Curse roster upon the two teams' merger in January 2015. Over the duration of his stay with Liquid, IWD represented the organization in 64 competitive games, leading the team to two consecutive third place finishes in the LCS playoffs and a first place ranking during the regular season of the 2015 summer split. He will continue to work with the team to coach his successor, Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett, and produce content.
In announcing his retirement, IWillDominate made the following statement:
Following Saturday's match vs Renegades I made my final decision to retire from my position as a professional League of Legends player. After 5 years of playing this game professionally I have chosen a different path and will no longer compete weekly at LCS. In the immediate future i'll continue to work with TL in content/streaming as well as working as a positional coach to Dardoch, something that Dardoch personally requested of me. I feel a responsibility to Dardoch to make sure that he is acclimated to LCS as best as possible, as I was the person who scouted him and am invested in his success. The decision to retire has been on my mind since June of 2015 when I originally proposed bringing in a young talented jungler to grow into my role on TL. I contacted Dardoch as he was a talented solo queue jungler that had gained my respect. Over the last 4-5 months of working with Dardoch he has transitioned his solo queue strengths into competitive play and he has been playing better and better every week. I am fully confident that with the support of the TL coaching staff he will be a contender for the title of Best Jungler NA and can lead the team to a top finish in Spring Split.
In the immediate future I will be playing with TLA for the first week of NACS as they look to find a suitable replacement for Dardoch.
Thank you to all my fans that supported me from DIG all the way to TL. I want all of you guys to know that throughout my career I tried my best to be the best player/team mate that I could. I have no regrets about my career. I hope that you guys can continue to support me in my future endeavors within Team Liquid.
Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet, owner of Liquid, made the following statement:
Dom has been a pleasure to work with over these last 3 years as a professional player. He has brought a lot of knowledge, dedication, hard work and personality to Curse and now Liquid. We all look forward to working with him as a content creator, personality, mentor, streamer, position coach or anything he would like to pursue in the future.
Liquid's General Manager Steve Perino says,
In the two years I've gotten to know Dom, he's been one of the most competitive/passionate players I've ever had the pleasure of working with. It will be weird coming into work every day, not seeing him compete, scrim, participate passionately and being feisty. I wish him the best of luck in anything he wishes to do.